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Morris, William 1834-1896

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Works: 3,647 works in 12,110 publications in 5 languages and 188,173 library holdings
Genres: History  Biography  Biographies  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Poetry  Fiction  Paraphrases  Fantasy fiction  Romances  Fantasy fiction, English 
Subject Headings: Authors, English  Designers  Socialists 
Roles: Author, Printer, Translator, Editor, Illustrator, Other, Artist, Lyricist, Librettist, Honoree, Type designer, Dedicatee, Author of introduction, Former owner, Recipient, Engraver, Adapter, Collector, Creator
Classifications: PR5083, 821.8
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News from nowhere; or, An epoch of rest: being some chapters from a utopian romance by William Morris( )

248 editions published between 1890 and 2015 in English and held by 4,499 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"News from Nowhere (1890) is the most famous work of one of the greatest British writers and thinkers, William Morris. It is a utopian picture of a future communist society, drawing on the work of Ruskin and Marx and written in response to what Morris saw as soulless and mechanical visions of socialism. In this work of his last years, Morris distilled many of his leading ideas on politics, art and society, imagining a world in which capitalism has been abolished by a workers' revolution and nature and society have become beautiful habitations for humanity. In an era that has seen the collapse of state socialism, Morris's damning critique of this conception, and his positing of a powerful alternative, are compelling reasons for paying attention to this classic of British socialism."--Jacket
The well at the world's end by William Morris( )

50 editions published between 1892 and 2015 in English and held by 3,270 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Using language with elements of the medieval tales which were his models, Morris tells the story of Ralph of Upmeads, the fourth and youngest son of a minor king, who sets out, contrary to his parents' wishes, to find knightly adventure and seek the Well at the World's End, a magic well which will confer a near-immortality and strengthened destiny on those who drink from it. Although the novel is relatively obscure by today's standards it has had a significant influence on many notable fantasy authors. C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien both seem to have found inspiration in The Well at the World's End: ancient tables of stone, a "King Peter", a quick, white horse named "Silverfax", and a character named "Gandalf" are only a few, to say nothing of Ralph's journey home as denouement, anticipating the Hobbits' return and battle for the Shire
A dream of John Ball ; and, A king's lesson by William Morris( )

105 editions published between 1888 and 2012 in English and held by 3,063 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This early work by William Morris was originally published in 1886 and we are now republishing it with a brand new introductory biography. William Morris was born in London, England in 1834. Arguably best known as a textile designer, he founded a design partnership which deeply influenced the decoration of churches and homes during the early 20th century. However, he is also considered an important Romantic writer and pioneer of the modern fantasy genre, being a direct influence on authors such as J. R. R. Tolkien. As well as fiction, Morris penned poetry and essays. We are republishing these classic works in affordable, high quality, modern editions, using the original text and artwork
The wood beyond the world by William Morris( )

107 editions published between 1892 and 2017 in English and German and held by 2,617 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A groundbreaking fantasy novel, The Wood Beyond the World tells the story of a young man, Golden Walter, who finds himself in a strange and frightening world after being abandoned by his wife and lost at sea. The novel takes the form of Walter's quest for the visionary Maid that he sees at the beginning of his journey, and takes him from his failed marriage through temptation to fulfillment. Set in Morris's imaginative recreation of a medieval world, the novel is full of vivid imagery and surprising emotional realism
Child Christopher and Goldilind the Fair by William Morris( )

44 editions published between 1895 and 2017 in English and held by 2,014 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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The earthly paradise : a poem by William Morris( Book )

276 editions published between 1868 and 2004 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,993 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A series of 24 tales in verse, 2 for each month of the year
The Story Of The Volsungs (Volsunga Saga), With Excerpts From The Poetic Edda( )

6 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 1,816 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The collected letters of William Morris / 1881-1884 by William Morris( )

33 editions published between 1987 and 2016 in English and held by 1,769 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The years covered in this volume, 1881 through 1888, are among the most vigorous in Morris's career. They record the sharp swing from optimism that public events can be affected by political ideas to disillusion about the people holding the ideas, and finally show the signs--in 1888--of a new, more personal, beginning and the reformulated purpose to come. Moreover, the letters, as always tell us who among Morris's friends and associates were most important to him in the years in which they were written. They also address several matters essential for an understanding of Morris: his definition of the word "political"; his shift from writing poetry to prose; and his complex of interests embracing language, narrative, and the decorative arts
Signs of change : seven lectures delivered on various occasions by William Morris( )

58 editions published between 1888 and 2015 in English and Japanese and held by 1,582 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

How we live and how we might live -- Whigs, democrats, and socialists -- Feudal England -- The hopes of civilization -- The aims of art -- Useful work versus useless toil -- Dawn of a new epoch
The Volsunga saga by Eiríkr Magnússon( )

51 editions published between 1870 and 2012 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,490 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This 1907 volume contains The Volsunga Saga translated from the Icelandic into English. It is one of the many translations of the Norse legends published by William Morris and Eiríkr Magnússon
The story of Sigurd the Volsung and the fall of the Niblungs by William Morris( Book )

110 editions published between 1876 and 2016 in English and German and held by 1,210 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An epic poem, telling the tragic story of the Norse hero Sigmund, his son Sigurd (the equivalent of Siegfried in the Nibelungenlied and Wagner's Ring of the Nibelung) and Sigurd's wife Gudrun. The plot is largely based on the Volsunga Saga and the corresponding poems of the Elder Edda. -- Wikipedia
The defence of Guenevere, and other poems by William Morris( Book )

108 editions published between 1858 and 2011 in English and held by 1,160 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The first volume of Pre-Raphaelite poetry to be published, Morris' 1858 The Defence of Guenevere and Other Poems contains dark and somber verses characteristic of the style. Not received well by critics, the volume discouraged Morris from publishing his poetry again for some time
A tale of the house of the Wolfings and all the kindreds of the mark by William Morris( Book )

114 editions published between 1889 and 2017 in English and German and held by 1,141 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The story of how the Wolfings fight, and eventually destroy, the invading Roman legions
The life and death of Jason : a poem by William Morris( Book )

87 editions published between 1867 and 2014 in English and held by 927 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

William Morris was born in Walthamstow, London on 24th March 1834 he is regarded today as a foremost poet, writer, textile designer, artist and libertarian. Morris began to publish poetry and short stories in 1856 through the Oxford and Cambridge Magazine which he founded with his friends and financed while at university. His first volume, in 1858, The Defence of Guenevere and Other Poems, was the first published book of Pre-Raphaelite poetry. Due to its luke warm reception he was discouraged from poetry writing for a number of years. His return to poetry was with the great success of The Life and Death of Jason in 1867, which was followed by The Earthly Paradise, themed around a group of medieval wanderers searching for a land of everlasting life; after much disillusion, they discover a surviving colony of Greeks with whom they exchange stories. In the collection are retellings of Icelandic sagas. From then until his Socialist period Morris's fascination with the ancient Germanic and Norse peoples dominated his writing being the first to translate many of the Icelandic sagas into English; the epic retelling of the story of Sigurd the Volsung being his favourite. In 1884 he founded the Socialist League but with the rise of the Anarachists in the party he left it in 1890. In 1891 he founded the Kelmscott Press publishing limited edition illuminated style books. His design for The Works of Geoffrey Chaucer is a masterpiece. Morris was quietly approached with an offer of the Poet Laureateship after the death of Tennyson in 1892, but declined. William Morris died at age 62 on 3rd October 1896 in London. Here we present The Life And Death Of Jason
The collected letters of William Morris / 1889-1892 by William Morris( )

13 editions published between 1996 and 2014 in English and held by 897 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

These volumes bring to a close the only comprehensive edition of the surviving correspondence of William Morris (1834-1896), a protean figure who exerted a major influence as poet, craftsman, master printer, and designer. Volumes III and IV, taken together, give in detail the comments and observations that articulate his problematic political and artistic stands and equally problematic position within the aesthetic movement as it developed in the 1890s. Most eloquently voiced also are the complexities of his troubled marriage and his devotion to his epileptic daughter, Jenny, and his other daughter, May. But dominating all these themes, organizing and structuring them, are the Kelmscott Press and the building of Morris's important library of medieval manuscripts and early printed books. The letters record the way in which the Press becomes not only the center of Morris's aesthetic ambitions and achievements but also the site for his closest human relations and for much of his connecting with the makers of early modernism. The letters in Volumes III and IV are thoroughly annotated, and through texts and notes provide a new assessment of Morris's career. Included also, as appendices to Volume IV, are two important documents: the first, never before published, is F.S. Ellis's Valuation List of Morris's library, made after Morris's death, and the second, never before reprinted, is the text of what was to be Morris's final essay on socialism, published in April 1896. Originally published in 1995. The Princeton Legacy Library uses the latest print-on-demand technology to again make available previously out-of-print books from the distinguished backlist of Princeton University Press. These paperback editions preserve the original texts of these important books while presenting them in durable paperback editions. The goal of the Princeton Legacy Library is to vastly increase access to the rich scholarly heritage found in the thousands of books published by Princeton University Press since its founding in 1905
The collected letters of William Morris by William Morris( )

17 editions published between 1996 and 2016 in English and held by 855 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

These volumes bring to a close the only comprehensive edition of the surviving correspondence of William Morris (1834-1896), a protean figure who exerted a major influence as poet, craftsman, master printer, and designer. Volumes III and IV, taken together, give in detail the comments and observations that articulate his problematic political and artistic stands and equally problematic position within the aesthetic movement as it developed in the 1890s. Most eloquently voiced also are the complexities of his troubled marriage and his devotion to his epileptic daughter, Jenny, and his other daughter, May. But dominating all these themes, organizing and structuring them, are the Kelmscott Press and the building of Morris's important library of medieval manuscripts and early printed books. The letters record the way in which the Press becomes not only the center of Morris's aesthetic ambitions and achievements but also the site for his closest human relations and for much of his connecting with the makers of early modernism. The letters in Volumes III and IV are thoroughly annotated, and through texts and notes provide a new assessment of Morris's career. Included also, as appendices to Volume IV, are two important documents: the first, never before published, is F.S. Ellis's Valuation List of Morris's library, made after Morris's death, and the second, never before reprinted, is the text of what was to be Morris's final essay on socialism, published in April 1896. Originally published in 1996. The Princeton Legacy Library uses the latest print-on-demand technology to again make available previously out-of-print books from the distinguished backlist of Princeton University Press. These paperback editions preserve the original texts of these important books while presenting them in durable paperback editions. The goal of the Princeton Legacy Library is to vastly increase access to the rich scholarly heritage found in the thousands of books published by Princeton University Press since its founding in 1905
The water of the Wondrous isles by William Morris( Book )

70 editions published between 1897 and 2015 in English and German and held by 851 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Plot: "Stolen as a child and raised in the wood of Evilshaw as servant to a witch, Birdalone ultimately escapes in her captress's magical boat, in which she travels to a succession of strange and wonderful islands. Among these is the Isle of Increase Unsought, an island cursed with boundless production, which Morris intended as a parallel of contemporary Britain and a vehicle for his socialistic beliefs. Equally radical, during much of the first quarter of the novel, Birdalone is naked, a highly unusual detail in Victorian fiction. She is occasionally assisted out of jams by Habundia, her lookalike fairy godmother. She encounters three maidens who are held prisoner by another witch. They await deliverance by their lovers, the three paladins of the Castle of the Quest. Birdalone is clad by the maidens and seeks out their heroes, and the story goes into high gear as they set out to rescue the women. Ultimately, one lady is reunited with her knight, another finds a new love when her knight is killed, and the last is left to mourn as her champion throws her over for Birdalone."--Wikipedia
The Sundering Flood by William Morris( Book )

60 editions published between 1848 and 2017 in English and Undetermined and held by 804 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The celebrated medievalist William Morris was among the first writers to combine supernatural elements with worldbuilding, creating the precursors of modern fantasy fiction. In his final novel, he envisions the tale of two lovers, separated by a broad river as well as an invading army. A captivating blend of chivalric romance and wizardry, this volume is a facsimile of the highly ornamented Kelmscott Press edition"--
The story of the Glittering Plain : which has been also called the Land of living men or the Acre of the undying by William Morris( Book )

78 editions published between 1891 and 1980 in English and held by 715 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

When Hallblithe's betrothed is carried off in a strage ship, he sets off alone on a long search for her over land and sea. This leads him through many exciting adventures, first on the Isle of Ransom and then on the Glittering Plain, or the Acre of the Undying, where men find eternal youth. In this false paradise he is disappointed again, but learns of the purpose of the abduction--to lure him away--and makes his escape to continue the search. The strange, semi-medieval language which Morris creates is wonderfully evocative of the distant past, and this exotic and often comic story is one of his most fresh and colourful romances
The works of Geoffrey Chaucer : a facsimile of the William Morris Kelmscott Chaucer by Geoffrey Chaucer( Book )

7 editions published between 1958 and 2007 in English and English, Middle and held by 707 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

""The Kelmscott Chaucer" is the most memorable and beautiful edition of the complete works of the first great English poet. Next to "The Gutenberg Bible", it is considered the outstanding typographic achievement of all time. There are 87 full-page illustrations by Sir Edward Burne-Jones, and the borders, decorations and initials are drawn by William Morris himself. Only 425 copies of this magnificent work were produced in 1896, and this beautiful monochrome facsimile, slightly smaller than the original, makes this glorious book available to all. A fascinating Introduction by Nicholas Barker places the book and its importance in context. The main text is followed by a black and white facsimile of A Note by William Morris on his Aims in Founding the Kelmscott Press, together with a Short History of the Press by S C Cockerell. The volume is illustrated with 87 woodcuts by Sir Edward Burne-Jones, and the borders, decorations and initials are drawn by Sir Edward Burne-Jones and William Morris."--Publisher description
 
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Signs of change : seven lectures delivered on various occasions
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The well at the world's endA dream of John Ball ; and, A king's lessonThe wood beyond the worldChild Christopher and Goldilind the FairThe earthly paradise : a poemThe collected letters of William Morris / 1881-1884Signs of change : seven lectures delivered on various occasionsThe Volsunga saga
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Gulielmus Morris

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